What’s happening with the old Toowong Bowls Club? In this email, you’ll get an update on that, news about basketball courts, cricket nets, park upgrades, and more. There’s also advice about a dividend payment to you, from Council.
Indooroopilly roundabout upgrade
The upgrade of the notorious roundabout at Moggill Rd and Coonan Street is now one step closer after the business case backed the safety, usability, and congestion-busting ability of the proposed upgrade.
Council just released the business case, which will see the current roundabout replaced with an overpass and traffic lights. When completed, residents in the west, such as Fig Tree Pocket and Chapel Hill, will be able to travel home with an underpass and no traffic lights.
After a thorough consultation process, changes were made to the design to better accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.
You can read more about the project, get the business case, and watch the project video on the Council website.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the upgrade. Please reply to this email with any comments you’d like passed on to the project team.
Perrin Park, Toowong
This is easily one of our most popular local parks, and it continues to get upgraded:
• The walking track is getting fixed. I’ve had a few reports of the concrete not being perfectly smooth, which is no good for littlies learning to ride and a bit dangerous for elderly walkers. We’re getting it fixed to make it smooth again.
• The basketball court is getting a fence. Neighbours have noted that people seem to want to play on the court as late (early!) as 3am. We put up signs but they didn’t work. We’re building a fence to encourage people to use the court in hours that are more respectful for neighbours.
• Some of the shelter sheds are being upgraded so more families can use and enjoy the park. There are electric BBQs so better shelters will make it even better.
The old Toowong Bowls Club building
As you may know, this facility was handed back to Council in December 2019. The good news is: this great facility is looking for a new community group!
Council is now accepting tender applications for the site. It must remain used for sports and recreation.
Why not check out the tender information and send this email to someone who might be interested in leasing this amazing facility from Council.
Schools turn 150
It’s incredible but true: one of our local state schools turned 150 this year and another achieves the same milestone next year.
• Ironside: the school community celebrated the anniversary in October with a ceremony and the unveiling of a time capsule. We also planted a special tree (Brachychiton Belladonna) and erected a boulder at the Central Avenue intersection to mark the occasion.
• Fig Tree Pocket: This school will also pass the 150 mark next year and I look forward to working with the school to celebrate the significant anniversary.
Getting it done: local improvements and upgrades
There’s never a dull moment in our neck of the woods, and you may have noticed lots of activity as we work to deliver projects locally.
• Achieved the speed limit reduction for road safety on Harts and Meiers Roads, Indooroopilly. This will certainly help improve safety, and feedback from residents has been positive.
• Delivered 6 beehives to schools and community groups. Encouraging bee populations helps with pollination and promotes healthy ecology. Queensland Academy of Science, Maths, and Tech has already put theirs together and is super excited about getting the honey!
• Got funding approved for a new public toilet at Carinya Street Park, Indooroopilly! Stay tuned for details, but this is a great outcome for the locals who helped me campaign for the facilities.
• Erecting road safety banners at local schools to encourage parents to think about road safety when picking up and dropping off students. We’ve seen kids hit by cars in the last year and plenty more near misses, so taking a moment to improve driver behaviour can only be a good thing. See the banner.
• Fixed the ever-popular flying fox at Toowong’s Anzac Park, so kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy a bit of an adrenalin rush.
• Continued the Slow For SAM (Speed Awareness Monitor) program through St Lucia and Indooroopilly. The monitor on The Esplanade showed reductions in the speed of 6km per hour, proving how effective these signs are at reducing speed.
• Watched Council’s Sports Field Improvement Program come together at Jack Cook Park, Jack Speare Park, Moore Park, and Oakman Park. I made a little video to tell you about it.
• Watched the first stage of the Avenue of Shade at Indooroopilly State High School, following on from the successful avenue we created at the primary school earlier this year. These projects provide a shady, safe place for students to wait for their afternoon pickups.
We’ll continue to “get it done” locally. If you see something that needs fixing, improving, replacing or upgrading, drop me a line. I’m on 3407 0005.
What’s getting done
Work never stops! There are a number of projects underway:
• Trying to get a shuttle bus to run from Taringa Station to QASMT
• Planting hundreds of trees in Indooroopilly
• Indooroopilly Riverwalk (the cycleway along the river) progresses well and is on track for completion end of 2021
• Fix a Footpath Blitz continues with hundreds of fixes already made in our local area.
• Suburb signs being erected at roundabouts and intersections. These popular art pieces add a lovely amenity to our neighbourhoods.
There’s much, much more so please follow on Facebook for daily news.
• Brisbane City Council has confirmed its commitment to prudent financial management: The Lord Mayor just announced a dividend for all ratepayers because the Kingsford Smith Rd upgrade came in under budget.
• Council also just announced the Brisbane Carbon Challenge, and you’re invited to participate (hint: prizes to be won!)
• Valley Fiesta 2020 is back and better than ever with a four-day line-up of live gigs across 14 venues from Thursday 19 November to Sunday 22 November.
• Brisbane City Council runs QUBE Effect: a program to provide promotion, mentoring, and professional development opportunities for young musicians. Places are strictly limited. Find out more information or apply now, or forward this email to someone who might be interested!
Traffic calming and road safety
I’ve been working with locals in Indooroopilly Woods (west of the freeway) for many months, addressing their rat-running, congestion and road safety concerns.
We’ve conducted community consultation and Brisbane City Council traffic engineers have undertaken studies and evaluations of the area.
The good news is this: funding has been allocated to provide traffic calming in this notorious rat-running precinct.
Local residents will soon be delivered a consultation pack, which will include a map and some explanation. You are invited to submit your feedback so the traffic engineers can understand your thoughts on the matter.
If you live in Indooroopilly Woods, please keep a close eye on your mailbox in the coming weeks.
I’ll be able to share some photos of the new cricket net in Indooroopilly, show you some more community garden progress, and tell you how the traffic calming consultation in Indooroopilly Woods is progressing. Hopefully, you’ll be able to read about the draft community consultation protocol we’re developing, too.
Cr James Mackay
Councillor for Walter Taylor
PS: Toowong Art Space got a new marquee – watch the timelapse video.
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